About Bushinkai

Karate – Kobudo – Nihon Jujutsu – Iaido – Tai Chi – Aikido

Bushinkai is an international martial arts school with its headquarters in Manchester, England. it is comprised of White Lion Academy (Karate, Kobudo & Nihon Jujutsu) and Metal Tiger Academy (Tai Chi & Iaido). This website is dedicated to our Manchester Karate/Jujutsu class at Bushinkai’s “Hombu” (headquarters).

Bushinkai's Karate method Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu featured in Martial Arts Illustrated magazine

Bushinkai’s Karate method Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu featured in Martial Arts Illustrated magazine

Bushinkai Karate instructors Shihan Simon Keegan 5th Dan Renshi and Sempai Phil Jennings

Bushinkai teaches Classical Okinawan, Japanese and Chinese martial arts. We only teach adults and our classes are popular with those who want to discover the martial aspects of the traditional arts.

Among our schools are our Manchester Hombu (headquarters) where we teach classical Karate Jutsu (Toshu Jutsu) and classical Nihon Jujutsu (Hakuda). We also have a school in Dalton/Wigan teaching the classical Chinese internal martial arts. Other arts such as Aikido and Iaido are also taught within the school.

Bushinkai Tai Chi headteacher Sifu David Keegan with Shikon head Sifu Steve Rowe

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All the latest news and historical and technical articles can be found on our Blog page. And we would also like to draw your attention to the following static pages:

Bushinkai is affiliated to Shikon, Karate Jutsu International, Shobukan Karate Organisation, Martial Arts Standards Agency (MASA), BCCMA, Karate England, World Union of Karatedo Federations, Kokusai Budoin UK, International Jujutsu Federation, British Jujutsu Federation, United Kingdom Budo Federation, International Toshu Jutsu Federation 

Contact: simonkeeganmedia@gmail.com

Our licenses and insurance are through Shikon Martial Arts, an internationally respected organisation at the forefront of academic standards in the martial arts. Shikon is headed by Steve Rowe (8th Dan Karate), a senior practitioner of Karate, Tai Chi and Iaido and a respected writer and researcher. Among the most notable members of Shikon is Shihan PAJ Handyside 8th Dan, headteacher of Shobukan Karate. Sifu Rowe and Shihan Handyside are extremely supportive friends and mentors to our club. Shikon is part of the BCCMA (in turn part of IWF) and the Karate England and the International Karate Union. In addition Bushinkai also supports Kokusai Budoin UK and Karate Jutsu International.

Hanshi Tadanori Nobetsu 9th Dan

Hanshi Tadanori Nobetsu 10th Dan: Chief Director of Kokusai Budoin


In 2003 Bushinkai joined Kokusai Budoin (Interntional Martial Arts Federation), the oldest martial arts fraternity in the world, founded shortly after World War II. Kokusai Budoin members included the likes of Wado Ryu founder Hironori Ohtsuka, Goju Kai founder Gogen Yamaguchi, Yoshinkan Aikido founder Gozo Shioda and many more legitimate grandmasters. Its directors currently include the likes of Hirokazu Kanazawa and chief director Tadanori Nobetsu. Kokusai Budoin is unique, not only in its number of legitimate masters, but in its endorsement by the Japanese imperial and shogun families. Kokusai Budoin’s UK branch is currently being relaunched and Bushinkai is offering its support to the new board of directors. If Bushinkai students wish to apply for a Kokusai Budoin passport (Japanese Budo license) recognised by these venerable masters, they may do so through Kokusai Budoin UK.

Simon with Hanshi Nobetsu, (9th Dan Karate) chief director of Kokusai Budoin

Bushinkai chief instructor Simon Keegan with Hanshi Nobetsu, (10th Dan Karate) chief director of Kokusai Budoin

Manchester: Karate & Jujutsu

Circle Martial Arts
Marlboro House
52 Newton Street, Manchester M1 1ED
Monday evenings: 8:30pm
Sunday mornings: 10:00am
Shihan: Simon Keegan (5th Dan Renshi Karate & Jujutsu)
Sempai: Philip Jennings
Email: simonkeeganmedia@gmail.com

Mawashi Empi

Karate training

The Karate and Jujutsu taught in Bushinkai is called Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu. This is the original Okinawan method of Karate (Toshu Jutsu) intertwined with the brutally effective Japanese Jujutsu known as Hakuda Kempo.

We do not teach sport Karate nor do we teach Brazilian ‘Ju Jitsu’ – our Karate and Jujutsu is direct from the masters of Japan, Okinawa, China and Malaysia.

Over hundreds of years Karate was passed down by masters like Sakugawa, Matsumura, Azato, Motobu, Matsumora and Kyan as a devastating fighting art. It was only in around the 1920s that it was promoted as a sport for self development and wellbeing. Since then select masters have taught the old ways and our school has been lucky to receive some of the original teachings.

Bushinkai headteacher Shihan Simon Keegan has trained with some of the world’s leading masters of Karate in order to get close to the source of this effective fighting art.

We also have an affiliated Aikido school with direct lineage to the founder, based in the Isle of Man.

WIGAN TAI CHI Bushinkai’s Metal Tiger Academy is headed by Simon’s father Sifu David Keegan (5th Duan) who has studied many different martial arts beginning 50 years ago. Sifu is classically trained in Japanese and Chinese martial arts and specialises in the branch of Yang style Tai Chi commonly known as ‘Beijing Yang style.’ He was the first Tai Chi teacher in the country whose grades were recognised by Japan’s oldest martial arts fraternity. Dave teaches Tai Chi in Appley Bridge and Uplholland and also teaches Iaido on a seminar basis.

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